The Nebraskan. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1892-1899, March 01, 1893, Page 72, Image 4

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mind as one reads some recent magazine
effusions. They leave no distinct impression
on the reader's mind. The writer, in almost
every instance, seems to have a great abhor
ence for direct statement. After hinting at
one or two facts she (it is almost invariably
"she") vainly attempts to outline a complete
system of philosophy in ten or twelve lines.
If the binding were sombre cloth and the
print small one might imagine that Spencer
had attempted to introduce rhyme into his
works, not succeeding very well with it, and
at the same time spoiling his philosophy.
Those poets that have heretofore been called
great, have, as a rule, expressed their facts
and implied their philosophy, or rather, left
it for the reader to imply. The present ten
dency seems to be to express the philosophy
and to imply the facts.
Scribner's for March has an interesting
and timely article, " The Work of the An
dover House in Boston," by William Jewett
Tucker, with shetches among Boston insti
tutions and the Boston Poor by Walter Shir
ban. This sketch is doubly entertaining on
account of the widespread interest in the
College Settlement Association. " Remi
niscences of Napoleon at Elba," is the title of
interesting papers in the March Century.
Harpers contains a comprehensive account
of " Slavery and the Slave Trade in Africa"
from the pen of Henry M. Stanley, a paper
on the celebrated palace and monastry of
"The Escunal," by the late Theodore Child,
with drawings by Charles Graham and H. D.
No fiction in the world is more fascinating
or more powerful than that of Russia ; and
stories of Russian despotism, and the hor
rors of political prisoners in Siberian mines
and dungeons possess a wierd interest for
the reading public. Mr. Thomas W. Knox
appreciated this fact when he constructed
his story, "The Siberian Exiles," wh'cli
traces the history of the Russian gentleman
and landholder from the time of his arrest
as a suspect, through his dreary impris
onment until he is, without trial, sen
tenced by the administration process to exile
in Siberia. Speaking of Russian life, the
special number of the Romance is entirely de
voted to Russian stories from the pens of
such writers as Tolstoi, TourgerenefT and
The February number of the Nineteenth
Century contains an article " Medical Wo
men in Fiction " from the pen of Sophia Jex
Blake. The writer reviews the books in
which the woman doctor is more or less
prominent, and traces an evolution in the
conception of the character. She objects to
Charles Reade's "Dr. Rhoda Gale," and
Will Dean Howell's " Dr. Breen," because
they simply serve the purpose of the novel,
but are not faithful to the type. At last, how
ever, she comes to a novel which is mani
festly written w the inside. " Mona Mac
lean, Medical Student," by Graham Travers
is a book which not only shows the techni
calities of the profession, but a true concep
tion of the character of the medical woman
of to-day.
The Haydon Art Club met in the Chapel
Tuesday evening, February 28. Two very
interesting papers were read : "English Art
and Artists" by Mrs. D. L. Brace, and "Art
Treasures of the British Museum" by Prof.
Hussey. Both papers were illustrated with
lantern views. Mrs. Prof. Barbour gave a
pleasing piano solo. After the program Miss
Barton's "Nebraska Athlete" was exhibited
and enthusiastically admired.
The Athletic Association is to be congrat
ulated upon the enterprise and enthusiasm of
its officers and supporters. By joint action
with the Oratorical Association, in the mat
ter of admission fees, it secured almost enough
to wipe out its old debt and by hard rustling
of a crowd for the mesmeric entertainment it
turned a neat sum into the treasury as a nest
egg for the coming season. The Athletic
Association is all right.
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